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                                                                               after Ogden Nash

There’s something about a Manhattan

the bitters, the ice, the vermouth

it’s smooth and it’s sweet and it’s something complete

and it may be a little uncouth


There’s something about a Manhattan

a concoction fittingly urban

it might be the clink

or the glance and the wink

but I think that perhaps it’s the bourbon

(written by Jason & Jane & I)


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“Champagne was considered a stimulant. And a lot of trainers — these guys had trainers — advised their pedestrians to drink a lot of champagne during the race.”

                        Matthew Algeo, in interview with NPR

                        April 3, 2014


 Edward Payson Weston was one of the most famous pedestrians of the 19th century.

People would pay 10 cents just to watch him walk in circles all day.

He would go to the roller rink and walk 100 miles

in 24 hours. O’Leary was really one of the first

famous Irish-American athletes. He was the spokesman

for a brand of salt. The Ali/Frazier of their generation.

Gambling was a big part of the allure, no doubt

You could bet on who would be the first pedestrian to drop out

They drank champagne by the bottle.

Before the safety bicycle, there were penny farthings — with

a tiny little back wheel. They weren’t very nimble

but the safety bicycle was nimble, much more

interesting to watch race around a track for six days

more interesting than the pedestrians

just walking.

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